Dani Rodrigues

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Ferreira and the second or paternal family name is Rodrigues.
Dani Rodrigues
Personal information
Full name Daniel Ferreira Rodrigues
Date of birth (1980-03-03) 3 March 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth São João da Madeira, Portugal
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1990–1997 Feirense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Feirense 21 (1)
1998–1999 Bournemouth (loan) 5 (0)
1999–2002 Southampton 2 (0)
2000 Bristol City (loan) 4 (0)
2001–2002 Bristol City (loan) 4 (0)
2002–2003 Walsall 1 (0)
2003–2004 Ionikos 14 (2)
2004 Yeovil Town 4 (4)
2004–2006 Bournemouth 52 (6)
2006–2007 New Zealand Knights 4 (0)
2007 Eastleigh 4 (0)
2007 Dorchester Town 4 (0)
2007–2008 Digenis Akritas 6 (0)
2008–2009 Onisilos 16 (1)
2009–2010 ASIL Lysi 24 (4)
2010–2011 Omonia Aradippou 23 (2)
2011–2012 Doxa 0 (0)
Total 188 (20)
National team
2002 Portugal U21 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Daniel 'Dani' Ferreira Rodrigues (born 3 March 1980) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a winger.

Football career[edit]


Born in São João da Madeira, Rodrigues started his career for C.D. Feirense, playing one full season in the second division. In November 1998 he went on loan to Bournemouth in England, being spotted by scouts from nearby Premier League club Southampton who recommended him to manager Glenn Hoddle.


In an act of "un-neighbourly piracy",[1] Southampton nipped in and signed Rodrigues from Feirense for £200,000. He played two games as a substitute at the end of the 1999–2000 season, against Leicester City[2] and Wimbledon.[3]

Rodrigues showed promise and, when he went on loan to Bristol City at the end of 2000, he was an instant hit, but he broke an ankle in a match against Reading. He returned to the Saints and was fighting his way back to full fitness, when he broke the same ankle in training.[1]

In an effort to rebuild his career, Rodrigues spent another spell on loan to Bristol City. Southampton released him from his contract in July 2002, and he was signed by Walsall on a free transfer.[1]

Greece / Return to England[edit]

Rodrigues was released by Walsall in January 2003, having made just one substitute appearance against Ipswich Town.[4] He joined Ionikos F.C. in Greece shortly after, scoring both of his league goals for the side in the last round, as it narrowly avoided top flight relegation.

In March 2004, Rodrigues returned to England joining Yeovil Town on a short-term contract, and netted four goals in four appearances. His goal-scoring exploits at the team impressed Bournemouth boss Sean O'Driscoll and he re-joined the Cherries for a second spell at the start of the 2004–05 campaign.

In his second spell for Bournemouth, Rodrigues made 23 league starts (plus 29 appearances from the bench) and scored six goals.

New Zealand Knights[edit]

In August 2006 Rodrigues signed for New Zealand Knights in New Zealand, where he once again was seriously injured, this time with a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament which kept him out of the game for the rest of the season.[5]

Final spell in England[edit]

On 20 September 2007 Rodrigues joined Eastleigh,[6] but was soon deemed surplus to requirements after the arrival of new manager Ian Baird.

On 2 November, he moved to the Conference South with Dorchester Town.[7] He made his debut in a match at Newport County on the following day; on 29 December 2007, the Magpies announced the player would not remain with the team.[8]


For 2008–09, Rodrigues moved to Cyprus and signed for Onisilos Sotira in the second level. He would remain in the country in the following years, representing several clubs.


  1. ^ a b c Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology Publishing. p. 572. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X. 
  2. ^ "Southampton 1 Leicester 2". Sporting Life. 29 April 2000. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Southampton 2 Wimbledon 0". Sporting Life. 24 May 2000. Retrieved 4 September 2012. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Ipswich (h) – League – 10th August 2002". Up The Saddlers. 10 August 2002. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Rodrigues season over". New Zealand Knights. Archived from the original on 13 November 2006. Retrieved 28 November 2006. 
  6. ^ "Ex-Saints foreigners sign for Eastleigh". Southern Daily Echo. 21 September 2007. Retrieved 21 September 2007. 
  7. ^ "Dani signs for Dorch". Dorchester Town FC. 2 November 2007. Archived from the original on 4 November 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2007. 
  8. ^ "Two more leave The Magpies". Dorchester Town FC. 31 December 2007. Archived from the original on 3 February 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2008. 

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